Dances We Teach

At The Way 2 Dance, we offer a variety of different dance classes and dance styles to prepare you for any dance situation.

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WALTZ

Waltz is considered the most foundational of all ballroom dances.

It is identified by "Rise and Fall" and its unique easy to count timing: 1-2-3.

VIENNESE WALTZ

Viennese Waltz is the original form of Waltz and is the oldest of all ballroom dances.

It's danced faster than the Waltz - Celebrate life by learning the festive Viennese Waltz!

TANGO

One of the most passionate dances.

When dancing the Tango, a man and a woman express love, anger, romance through togetherness on the dance floor.

RUMBA

Rumba is a Latin Dance that uses slow tempo and hip motion.

It is very popular in social and competitive settings. Considered a "must" know for all couples.

FOXTROT

Foxtrot is considered to be one of the youngest classical smooth dances.

It's characterized by its graciousness and playfulness and is often seen in social and competitive settings.

QUICKSTEP

Quickstep evolved from the Foxtrot but is danced faster, using powerful flowing movements.

Quickstep is considered smooth and glamorous, energetic but elegant, easy and carefree.

JIVE

a lively style of dance popular especially in the 40s and 50s, performed to rock and roll.

Jive is one of the five International Latin ballroom dances. It is a lively and uninhibited variation of the earlier forms of Swing dance such as the Jitterbug.

SWING

This energetic dance is comprised of triple and rock steps danced to Big Band or contemporary music.

It's a form of social partner dances that belongs to the group of swing dances.

CHA CHA

Cha Cha dance is a fun, cheeky, and flirtatious dance.

Cha Cha is a non-progressive dance that requires small steps and emphasizes Cuban (or hips) motion.

SALSA

Salsa is a popular form of social dance that originated in the Caribbean.

Salsa dance socials are commonly held in night clubs, bars, ballrooms, restaurants, and outside, especially when part of an outdoor festival.

BOLERO

Bolero is a genre of slow-tempo Latin music and its associated dance.

Bolero is one of the slowest, romantic, and expressive Latin dances.

SAMBA

Characterized by rhythmic movements of hips, seductiveness of dance partners, and flirtation between the two.

Learn The Way 2 Samba, get good cardio going and see how much fun it is!

Other Dances We Teach

West Coast Swing is a partner dance with roots in the Lindy Hop. It is characterized by an elastic look that results from its extension-compression technique of partner connection and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting West Coast Swing in a short list of dances that emphasize improvisation.

East Coast Swing (ECS) is a form of social partner dance. It belongs to the group of swing dances. It is danced under fast swing music, including rock and roll and boogie-woogie.

East Coast Swing (ECS) is a form of social partner dance. It belongs to the group of swing dances. It is danced under fast swing music, including rock and roll and boogie-woogie.

The Lindy hop is an American dance which was born in Harlem, New York City in 1928 and has evolved since then with the jazz music of that time. It was very popular during the Swing era of the late 1930s and early 1940s. Lindy was a fusion of many dances that preceded it or were popular during its development but is mainly based on jazz, tap, breakaway, and Charleston. It is frequently described as a jazz dance and is a member of the swing dance family.

The jitterbug is a kind of dance popularized in the United States in the early 20th century, and is associated with various types of swing dances such as the Lindy Hop, Jive, and East Coast Swing.

The hustle is a catchall name for some disco dances which were extremely popular in the 1970s. Today it mostly refers to the unique partner dance done in ballrooms and nightclubs to disco music. It has some features in common with mambo, salsa and swing dance.

Merengue is a style of Dominican music and dance. Partners hold each other in a closed position. The leader holds the follower’s waist with the leader’s right hand, while holding the follower’s right hand with the leader’s left hand at the follower’s eye level. Partners bend their knees slightly left and right, thus making the hips move left and right. The hips of the leader and follower move in the same direction throughout the song. Partners may walk sideways or circle each other, in small steps. They can switch to an open position and do separate turns without letting go each other’s hands or releasing one hand. During these turns they may twist and tie their handhold into intricate pretzels. Other choreographies are possible.

Bachata is a style of social dance from the Dominican Republic which is now danced all over the world. It is associated with bachata music.

The polka is originally a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. It originated in the middle of the 19th century in Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic. Polka remains a popular folk music genre in many European countries, and is performed by folk artists in the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland, Finland and to a lesser extent in Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Hungary, Italy, Ukraine, Romania, Belarus, Russia, and Slovakia. Local varieties of this dance are also found in the Nordic countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Latin America and the United States.

A slow dance is a type of partner dance in which a couple dance slowly, swaying to the music. This is usually done to very slow-beat songs, namely sentimental ballads.

Nightclub two step (NC2S, sometimes disco two step or California two step) is a partner dance initially developed by Buddy Schwimmer in the mid-1960s. The dance is also known as “Two Step” and was “one of the most popular forms of contemporary social dance” as a Disco Couples Dance in 1978.

Double two-step, also referred to as triple two-step (and so designated by the UCWDC, which classifies it as a separate competitive dance style), is usually danced to slower music. The two slow steps are replaced by two sets of triple steps. By contrast, the two quick steps are now slow steps.

The two-step is a partner dance, consisting of a “leader” and a “follower.” The leader determines the movements and patterns of the pair as they move around the dance floor. It is a progressive dance that proceeds counterclockwise around the floor. Generally, the man would lead the dance as the “leader.” In the cases where they dance in the circle, the leader dances in the inside of the circle.

Western swing music is a sub-genre of American country music that originated in the late 1920s in the West and South among the region’s Western string bands. It is dance music, often with an up-tempo beat, which attracted huge crowds to dance halls and clubs in Texas, Oklahoma and California during the 1930s and 1940s until a federal war-time nightclub tax in 1944 contributed to the genre’s decline.

The Country Western Waltz is mostly progressive, moving counter clock wise around the dance floor. Both the posture and frame are relaxed, with posture bordering on a slouch. The exaggerated hand and arm gestures of some ballroom styles are not part of this style. Couples may frequently dance in the promenade position, depending on local preferences.

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Health Benefits of Dancing

  • Improved condition of your heart and lungs.

  • Increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness.

  • Increased aerobic fitness.

  • Improved muscle tone and strength.

  • Weight management.

  • Stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis.

  • Better coordination, agility and flexibility.

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